Kick-off Mi Destinations: Vancouver

Author: Margot van der Kroon, Posted: May 30th, 2017

header vancouver_blog_645+pin“What ‘aboot’ those Canadians, eh?”
In the upcoming month we are highlighting the best of Vancouver in Mi Destinations.

Over the last years I had the pleasure to work with many great and extremely kind creatives here in Amsterdam, who always seemed to be from the same place: Vancouver. Talking to them, I was surprised by the versatility of the place and it’s connection to nature and sports. My colleague Chloe told me, “No, we actually have an amazing beach in Vancouver Long Beach”.

My Euro-centered mind was boggled. Haven’t visited Canada, I didn’t exactly associate Canada much with the beach culture, let alone that this place been topping charts as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. I fell into the old trap of cliché’s! Time to expand my horizons; here at the MIMOA headquarters agreed that Vancouver is the new perfect Mi Destination.

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Talking to Chloe has shown me how much her home ground fueled her love for the outdoors and active sports. And as you can see on our list on MIMOA – that has been shining through in the current list of architectural sights we have on our site. The Vancouver Olympic Centre, The aquatic centre at Hillcrest park and The Richmond Olympic Oval are topping our list.


photo of The aquatic centre at Hillcrest park by Hubert Kang.

Vancouverites, we are convinced you have a lot more to offer when it comes to your cultural en architectural gems. Share your cabinporn! We know you are hiding some cool surf shelters and ‘architectural globes’ in your rainforests. ;)

Thus, we are inviting you to rate an review existing listings on MIMOA. And hopefully, you’ll be able to add new locations and projects, via our online upload form (login and go to menu > projects > add a project) or you can email us at editor@mimoa.eu

Mi destinations: exploring beyond the obvious cultural sights

Every month a new city around the globe is highlighted. Discover the must-see sights for you as cultural traveler, provided and curated by the MIMOA community and team, accompanied by the local stories our MIMOA mayors and guides.
Read here more about Mi destinations >>

We are taking you off track and hope it inspires you to share your stories too. You are invited to join in and add your favourite buildings and sights to our website.
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Mi Destination: Sara’s favorite sights

Author: Margot van der Kroon, Posted: May 23rd, 2017

Sara’s love for Singapore runs deep: “If I would be offered a job there, I would certainly head back. I try to visit at least once every two years.” In this blogpost she shares her favorite sights and stories of the island.

"During my time as a tour guide, I’d loved to uncover the hidden gems around the island. The stories of the development of certain sights are amazing; buildings under construction are my favorite places to visit. It offers a deeper perspective and understanding of an area and why a building is constructed."

Also, during the tour she used to go for local dishes. “Just thinking about curry puffs, chicken rice and laksa makes my mouth water!” The things you definitely must see while visiting Singapore, according to Sara, are:

Model_of_Singapore_Central_Area_-_taken_from_Singapore_City_Gallery_Third_Floor,_Mar_2014photo: Model of Singapore Central Area by Daigordai

1. URA Singapore City Gallery: various models of the city. The model of the city center at scale 1:400 is a resemblance of the real city. Every new project needs to be tested in this model before building permits are granted. It offers a great overview of how architecture has changed over the years.  

Pinnacle Duxton & IM Pei Singapore

photos by Sara Caris: The Pinnacle @Duxton (l) and The Gateway (r).

2. The Pinnacle @Duxton:  a social housing complex with running track from ARC and RSP architects. It combines 6 huge apartment buildings connected by 2 running tracks. This social housing complex was built after a design competition, the first of its kind.  A fun thing to do, it’s also possible to visit one of the tracks!

3. Gate Way East and West: 2D building (IM Pei):  “A golden oldie, but I love how these buildings look flat from certain angles. When the windows are being washed, it looks totally surreal”.

Do as the Singaporeans do…

"Singapore has an amazing atmosphere, there you feel the energy vibrating and opportunity is buzzing all around. The Singaporeans are very inquisitive and explorative by nature, they always want to know what you have eaten – simply to make sure you are OK. "

“What absolutely amazes me is that the Singaporeans, as citizens, are very much involved in the development of new buildings from the start. When starting a new building project, the government arranges shuttle busses and food courts for people at the construction sight so they can just get a ‘sense of place’. For them it's fun trip, to check out new projects – they are led by their curiosity." 

"In short, Singapore has a very hands-on approach when it comes to getting people involved in city making. "In Western culture, we could certainly learn a lot of their openness and care!"


Mi destinations: exploring beyond the obvious cultural sights

Every month a new city around the globe is highlighted. Discover the must-see sights for you as cultural traveler, provided and curated by the MIMOA community and team, accompanied by the local stories our MIMOA mayors and guides.
Read here more about Mi destinations >>

This month the Mi destination is: Singapore. Sara Caris is MIMOA Mayor of Singapore. Read more about her here >>

We are taking you off track and hope it inspires you to share your stories too. You are invited to join in and add your favourite buildings and sights to our website.
Join the MIMOA community >>


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Discover hidden gems in Singapore

Author: Margot van der Kroon, Posted: May 11th, 2017

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MIMOA Mayor Sara Caris shares one of her favorite tours in Singapore: The Bras Basah Bugis tour.

"I developed this tour because there is great mix of modern and slick architecture and the real Singapore.  I wanted to show people something different than China Town, Little India and Sentosa. The best parts are to visit the National Library outdoor terraces, but also LaSalle school of the arts is very impressive the way out door and indoor are connected. Lasalle was also the first building that triggered me to find the hidden modern gems in Singapore."
Download here the tour map >>

Mi destinations: exploring beyond the obvious cultural sights

Every month a new city around the globe is highlighted. Discover the must-see sights for you as cultural traveler, provided and curated by the MIMOA community and team, accompanied by the local stories our MIMOA mayors and guides.

We are taking you off track and hope it inspires you to share your stories too. You are invited to join in and add your favourite buildings and sights to our website.
Join the MIMOA community >>

Do you want to propose a city or do you want to become MIMOA Mayor in your city?
Send us your story >>

Read here more about Mi destinations >>

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Kick off Mi Destinations: Singapore

Author: Margot van der Kroon, Posted: April 4th, 2017

Singapore_skyline_klphoto:Singapore skyline at sunset viewed from Gardens by the Bay East (credit: Chensiyuan)

Mi Destination April: Singapore
Exploring beyond the obvious cultural sights with MIMOA Mayor Sara Caris

The food is magnificent”, the first thing our Sara gushes when she thinks of Singapore. “Yet from architectural perspective: I fell in love with this city because of its boldness! It’s a progressive city with a staggering amount of skyscrapers – but somehow it also manages to find right balance with green and nature”.

Sara Caris MIMOA mayor of Singapore April

L: Sara Caris (left) showing the Marina Bay Sands building. R: Gardens by the Bay

Sara Caris has been an architectural tour guide at the island of Singapore from 2008 till 2010. Being trained as an architect, she started her own company and gave tours all around the island. “From a modern catholic church in one of the New Towns to the catacombs of the office buildings at the CBD area, I showed the hidden gems next to the obvious tourist attractions”, tells Sara.

Mi Destinations – Exploring hidden gems and their stories

The experience exploring beyond the obvious sights is exactly what we at MIMOA – as lovers of architecture and cultural travel – enjoy. Every building has its own story of how it came to be, and it’s in sharing this story that a building as an artefact comes to life.

That’s why we decided to kick-offMi Destination’: every month a new city around the globe is highlighted. Our community and team curates the sights you must experience as cultural traveller, accompanied by the stories our MIMOA mayors and guides. We are incredibly proud of the extensive database that our community has assembled over the last ten years.

We are taking you off track and hope it inspires you to share your stories too. You are invited to join in and add your favourite buildings and sights to our website. Check out the current list of projects in Singapore here: mimoa.eu/projects/Singapore/Singapore

Which projects or buildings are missing and an absolute must-see to cultural travellers when visiting Singapore? Send us your favourite Singapore sights through our online upload form >>

Do you have a personal story to share? Tell us why you have enclosed Singapore or a specific building in your heart, and we will feature your project story in the upcoming month on our website.

More information about Mi Destinations? Check here the upcoming cities for 2017 >>



Guided architecture tours in 30 cities

Author: Mieke, Posted: March 27th, 2017


Let MIMOA guide you along the famous architectural highlights and less known hidden gems. 
MIMOA offers group tours, guided by local architects, in various cities in Europe and beyond. A welcoming alternation during your summer beach holiday and a perfect completion of your city trip!

Guided architecture tours in 30 cities
Guided group tours are offered in a growing list of destinations:  Amsterdam, Antwerp, Athens, Barcelona, Belgrade, Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Gent, Istanbul, Ivrea, Lisbon, Milan, Munich, Paris, Porto, Rotterdam, Santiago de Compostela, Sydney and Turin.
Depending on the city, tours are available in multiple languages, you can choose different themes and duration of the tour.

All of the guides have a professional background in architecture and excellent connections to the local architectural scene, giving you a first-hand experience of the architecture of your destination. Moreover they can recommend the best places and projects to visit,
At this moment we offer tours for mainly larger groups. Although some of our local partners offer private tours for smaller groups as well, so if you are interested, just drop us a line and we will try to assist you in the best possible way.

More information?
Check out the City info page for the actual list of cities in which MIMOA offers guided group tours and visit the city pages for more detailed information. Or contact us directly to share your travel wishes!
Can't find your destination in the list (yet)? Let us know, we may connect you to someone within the MIMOA community and network to help you further.
Send your emails to: travel@mimoa.eu.

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RCR Arquitectes receive the 2017 Pritzker Prize

Author: Mieke, Posted: March 2nd, 2017

SoulagesMuseum_Hisao Suzuki_1 kopie photo: Museum Soulages by Hisao Suzuki

Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta, three architects, originating from Olot – in the Catalonian region of Spain – have been selected as the 2017 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates.
They founded their firm RCR Arquitectes, in their hometown in 1988. Their work demonstrates an unyielding commitment to place and its narrative, to create spaces that are in discourse with their respective contexts. Harmonizing materiality with transparency, Aranda, Pigem and Vilalta seek connections between the exterior and interior, resulting in emotional and experiential architecture .The locally-based architects evoke universal identity through their creative and extensive use of modern materials including recycled steel and plastic.

RCR Arquitectes on MIMOA >>

2017LaureatePhoto_Javier Lorenzo Dominguez kopiephoto: Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta by Javier Lorenzo Domínguez

”The jury has selected three architects who have been working collaboratively for nearly three decades . Mr. Aranda, Ms . Pigem and Mr. Vilalta have had an impact on the discipline far beyond their immediate area . Their works range from public and private spaces to cultural venues and educational institutions, and their ability to intensely relate the environment specific to each site is a testament to their process and deep integrity.” – Mr. Pritzker

“The collaboration of these three architects produces uncompromising architecture of a poetic level, representing timeless work that reflects great respect for the past, while projecting clarity that is of the present and the future.” – Glenn Murcutt, Jury Chair

LaLiraTheater_Hisao Suzuki_3photo: La Lira Theater by Hisao Suzuki

RCR Arquitectes on MIMOA >>

Notable projects include:
La Cuisine Art Center (Nègrepelisse, France, 2014)
Soulages Museum in collaboration with G . Trégouët (Rodez, France, 2014)
La Lira Theater Public Open Space in collaboration with J. Puigcorbé (Ripoll, Girona, Spain, 2011)
Les Cols restaurant marquee (Olot, Girona, Spain, 2011)
El Petit Comte Kindergarten in collaboration with J. Puigcorbé (Besalú, Girona, Spain, 2010)
Bell-Lloc Winery (Palamós, Girona, Spain, 2007)
Sant Antoni – Joan Oliver Library (Barcelona, Spain, 2007)
Tossol-Basil Athletics Track (Olot, Girona, Spain, 2000)

2017 Introduction Video from The Pritzker Architecture Prize on Vimeo.

ElPetitComteKindergarten_Hisao Suzuki_3photo: El Petit Comte Kindergarten by Hisao Suzuki

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3rd edition MIMOA guide – mei

Author: Mieke, Posted: February 1st, 2017

mei guide 12.2016 kaft voorThis pocket guide features the work of the Dutch architecture firm Mei architects and planners. It includes 16 of the best works of Mei in The Netherlands, mostly located in their hometown Rotterdam and varying from a small and detailed bridge between two monuments, to the famous Schiecentrale and a sneak preview of the design of one of the largest re-use projects in the Netherlands in the coming years.

The work of Mei is introduced by a preface written by the Dutch architecture critic Piet Vollaard. "If the architecture of Mei could be summed up in one slogan, then it would be something like: no-nonsense modernist redevelopment architecture."

Take a glance at the guide or download it directly as pdf here >>

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Off to 10.000 projects

Author: Mieke, Posted: November 19th, 2016

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The Cube in Beijing by Orange Architects

With the latest additions designed by Squire and Partners, Jean Nouvel, UNStudio, Frank Gehry, David Chipperfield Architects, Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter, Orange Architects and destilat, we have crossed the amount of 9.000 projects on MIMOA, all around the globe!

Right now MIMOA covers:

We would like to thank all our contributors for sharing these architectural highlights and hidden gems!

We invite everyone to uploading the buildings and places that you like to visit on your holiday, city trip or in your hometown. And feel free to share your opinion on architecture by leaving a comment and rate a project. Rating and uploading new projects is only available while logged in.
Not yet a MIMOA member? Register here for free >>

Off to 10.000!


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ArchitectsParty Rotterdam + Amsterdam 2016

Author: Mieke, Posted: November 18th, 2016

ArchPartys RdamAdam16Cocktails in the architecture practices of Europe
From 29 November to 2 December in Amsterdam+Rotterdam

ArchitectsParty, cocktails in the architecture practices of Europe, arrives in the Netherlands for the second time. From 29 November to 2 December the itinerant event gathers enthusiasts and sector professionals in famous practices based in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, making it possible to visit creative locations normally accessible only to a few and to make direct acquaintance with the architects and their works.

The seven practices involved in the Dutch event are all active both in Holland and abroad.

Four evenings and seven exclusive parties, which this year will also compete in the ArchitectsParty Award: guests can vote online for what they thought was the most fun evening, the most inspiring decor or the best dj set.

Calendar of ArchitectsParty | AMSTERDAM+ROTTERDAM:
Tuesday 29 November | Hilversum, C4ID
Wednesday 30 November | Amsterdam, Framework Studio
Thursday 1 December | Amsterdam, Mark Koehler Architects
Friday 2 December | Rotterdam, KOOL ontwerpers + Natrufied Architecture + Orange Architects | Studio OxL.

The ArchitectsParty cocktails will start at 7.00 p.m. (except that at C4ID which will start at 8.30 p.m.)
For info & free tickets, see www.towant.eu

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Living next to Piet Hein Eek

Author: Asmara & Bas, Posted: October 16th, 2016

Piet Hein Eek is known as a prominent Dutch designer. In 2015 he realised his first architectural project named RAG Building. Experience how architecture and design compliment each other in one building and how to live like a neighbour of Piet Hein Eek.

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RAG Building, photo by Thomas Mayer

Apartments in the former Philips building RAG

Piet Hein Eek transformed a former industrial Philips-building into several apartments. A project realized by architectural firm Eek and Iggie Dekkers.

The former Philips Complex “Strijp R” where Eek has his atelier, is also the area of his latest project. During the Philips era, the RAG building was used as a pumping station for air, which was used for compression or vacuum in the manufacturing processes. The pumping station is one of the buildings in “Strijp R” that wasn’t demolished. It is now situated between newly built residential buildings.

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